DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 J&K Governor FOUNDATION STONE FOR KARTARPUR CORRIDOR Malik now talks of ‘threat of transfer’ ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28 DAYS AFTER he said that instead of dissolving the J&K Assembly, he would have had to install a government led by Sajad Lone if he had “looked towards Delhi”, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that the “threat of transfer is there”. Speaking at an event organised to pay tribute to Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra on his 31st death anniversary here on Tuesday, Malik said: “Apney aap mein pata nahi kab tabadla ho jaye. Naukri toh nahi jayegi, tabadley ka khatra rehta hai. Toh jab tak main yahan hoon, main aap ko vishwas dilata hoon ki chithi bhej dena, mein zaroor phool chadaney aya karoonga (I don’t know when I will be transferred. I will not lose my job, but the threat of transfer is there. As long as I am here, I assure you that I will come to pay homage whenever you call me),” he said. Addressing a gathering at the ITM University in Gwalior on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY My govt, Army, parties on same page when it comes to India ties: Imran Ex-Norway PM: I told separatists must work via peaceful means ‘Hope we do not have to wait until Sidhu becomes PM... need strength and will’ NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 28 Narendra Modi to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit and hours before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Two union ministers — Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri — and Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu FORMER NORWEGIAN Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said he told Kashmiri separatist groups who he met during his visit to the Valley last week that he does not share their views and that they must work through peaceful methods to resolve the Kashmir issue. In a conversation with The Indian Express over phone from Norway, Bondevik, who heads the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, said his visit to Kashmir and his meetings with various sections of Kashmiris, including the separatists, were “useful” and helped him to “get an overview” of the problem. Bondevik made a surprise visit to the Valley during which he met Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, two of the three leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership. He also met members of the chamber of commerce and the Bar Association. Asked why he had visited Kashmir and what role he saw for himself in the state, Bondevik CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESSIN PAKISTAN SHUBHAJIT ROY KARTARPUR (PAKISTAN), NOVEMBER 28 STANDING NEXT to one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh faith, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday made his strongest pitch for IndiaPakistan peace since he came to power in August saying that he, his government, the army and all political parties in Pakistan are “on the same page” to improve ties with India and that all issues, including Kashmir, can be resolved with “strength and will” of the leadership of the two countries. Khan was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur Corridor — 120 km from Lahore — linking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 8 Imran Khan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Navjot Singh Sidhu in Kartarpur on Wednesday. PTI Sushma reality check: Won’t attend SAARC, no talks until terror stops EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, NOVEMBER 28 ASSERTING THAT opening the Kartarpur Corridor does not mean there will be talks with Islamabad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday said India will not attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan and there will be no dialogue “until and unless” Pakistan stops sponsoring terror. Her announcement comes a day after Pakistan said that it would invite Prime Minister Sushma Swaraj in Hyderabad, Wednesday. PTI Defective insulin pumps: Hospitals stepped in to alert ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 74.6% TURNOUT IN MADHYA PRADESH Outside a polling booth in Bhopal on Wednesday. Madhya Pradesh recorded 74.6 per cent polling, while the turnout in Mizoram was 80 per cent. PTI FULL COVERAGE, P6 RITU SARIN WORLD After poor monsoon, lack of Narmada water fuels farmers’ protests in Gujarat Outside the Medtronic office in Mumbai. The firm claims it alerted all patients. Express us replacements. Medtronic is the only company that supplies insulin pumps in India and this is the one we have been using for our daughter all along,” said Naqvee. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TOMORROW FAULTY HIP IMPLANTS UNDER THE RADAR PAGE 1 ANCHOR HONG KONG, NOVEMBER 28 PAGE 13 LASHKAR-E-TAIBA commander Naveed Jatt alias Abu Hanzulla, a prime suspect in the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari, was killed in a gunfight in Chattergam village, on the outskirts of Srinagar, on Wednesday morning. Jatt, who hailed from Multan in Pakistan, had escaped from police custody in February this year. Announcing his death, J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said they would ask Pakistan to take back his body. “In this case (Bukhari’s killing), he was a prime suspect... We will write to the Government of India to offer his body to Pakistan, through its competent authority,” he said. According to J&K Police sources, Jatt, who was arrested in June 2014, had told his interrogators that he had “seen Ajmal E ● GOPAL KATESHIYA RAJKOT, NOVEMBER 28 FARMERS’ PROTESTS have erupted in Saurashtra over lack of water for irrigation as authorities clamped on “illegal siphoning” of water from Narmada canal and deployed security forces along the canal network. Farmers in Morbi district have been sitting on a dharna for the last one week demanding water to irrigate their crops following deficient rainfall in the area this monsoon. In neighbouring Surendr- Morbi MLA Brijesh Merja with protesting farmers at Khakhrechi village on Tuesday. Express anagar district, farmers enforced a bandh in Lakhtar taluka on Wednesday after officials from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) removed at least 45 “syphon pipes” which were installed by farmers to drain water from the Saurashtra branch canal (SBC) for irrigation purpose. Farmers have been drawing water from the canal to Motisar talav in the village, from where it is pumped to ponds in downstream villages like Talvani, Kadu, Kadam, Aniyari among others for irrigating farms. “These pipes were there for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ECONOMY grew an average 6.7 per cent in the four years of the first term of the UPA government (2005-06 to 2008-09) as well as in its second term (200910 to 2013-14), lower than the earlier estimates of 8.1 per cent and 7 per cent average growth rate (2004-05 base), respectively, as per the GDP back series data released Wednesday. These growth rates are lower than the average 7.4 per cent growth rate (2011-12 base year) seen during the first four years of the present NDA government. Barring only two years, 201213 and 2013-14, the back-series data released for years preceding 2011-12 scaled down growth rates for 2005-06 to 2013-14 by 0.8 to 2.1 percentage points. For 2012-13, the back series based on the new base year (2011-12) revised up the GDP growth rate to 5.5 per cent from 4.7 per cent estimated earlier (2004-05 base year), while for 2013-14, the GDP growth rate was revised up to 6.4 per cent from 5 per cent estimated earlier. Sharp downward revisions were seen particularly for two years, 2007-08 and 2010-11. For Jatt had escaped from police custody in February Kasab in a madrasa run by the LeT sometime in 2006-2007”. A senior police officer said this was the first time that a Pakistani militant had admitted to knowing Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Giving details of the operation on Wednesday, police said a joint team of J&K Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Chattergam village early in the morning, following a tip-off on the presence of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Big blow to Valley’s Lashkar leadership THE KILLING of Naveed Jatt has wiped out the Lashkar’s leadership in the Valley, especially in South Kashmir. Jatt was the fifth top Lashkar commander to have been killed in the last 45 days. The killings, police officers say, have drastically reduced the militant outfit’s strike capability in the Valley. Before Jatt, Lashkar’s Srinagar chief Mehraj-ud-din Bangroo, its top commander in North Kashmir, Abu Muaz, and its top South Kashmir commanders Azad Ahmad Malik and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, were killed. 2010-11, the growth rate was revised downwards from a double-digit rate of 10.3 per cent to 8.5 per cent. The release of the GDP back series comes three years after the switch to the new base year of 2011-12 and three months after the release of a report of the Committee on Real Sector Statistics, which was submitted to the National Statistical Commission (NSC). In its report, the NSCappointed committee had stated that the economy grew at a faster pace under the UPA government from 2004-05 to 2013-14, compared with the average growth during the first four years of the current government. The average GDP at market prices was 8.37 per cent during UPA-I (2004-05 to 2008-09), and 7.69 per cent during UPA-II (2009-10 to 201314), the Committee had said. Pravin Srivastava, Chief Statistician of India, Wednesday said the new methodology is robust and aligned with UN Standard National Accounts. He said the report of the National Statistical Commission was taken in the “right spirit” but the calculations for the official back series were done jointly by Ministry of Statistics and Phone records incriminate Asthana: CBI Jt director to HC ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 CBI JOINT Director A K Sharma in an affidavit to the Delhi High Court Wednesday said that there is “incriminating evidence” against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana in the form of call detail records and WhatsApp conversations. The affidavit was submitted through Sharma’s counsel, M A Niyazi while the High Court was hearing separate pleas of Asthana, CBI DSP Devendra Kumar and middleman Manoj Prasad seeking the quashing of an FIR against them that includes extortion charges. Justice Najmi Waziri ordered the CBI to maintain status quo on proceedings against Asthana till December 7, the next day of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE EASING EASE OF DOING BUSINESS BY MANISH SABHARWAL PAGE 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chinese doctor steps out to defend his ‘gene-edited babies’ PAM BELLUCK WILL SHUT GOVT UNLESS WALL FUNDED: TRUMP SLOVENIA FIRST NATO COUNTRY WITH WOMAN MILITARY CHIEF SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 28 Govt manipulating data: Congress 326 patients affected; Medtronic says 10,000 units withdrawn in India DELHI-BASED LAWYER Alishan Naqvee’s daughter has been using an insulin pump ever since she was diagnosed with Grade-1 diabetes at age six. She is now nine years old, able to carry out the activities you would expect of a child with the help of a small electronic device that infuses insulin into her body through the day. In September 2017, her father recalls, they received an email from Medtronic about an international recall of its MiniMed infusion insulin set, stating that these would be replaced for all patients using them. “When the email came, we had three or four spare infusion sets. The company representative came the same day and gave BASHAARAT MASOOD In new GDP metrics, Govt slashes growth in UPA 1 and UPA 2 AN ICIJ-EXPRESS INVESTIGATION NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 LeT commander behind Shujaat Bukhari’s murder killed near Srinagar EXPLAINED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018, AHMEDABAD, LATECITY, 20 PAGES A CHINESE scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies said at a conference on Wednesday that his actions were safe and ethical, and he asserted that he was proud of what he had done. But many other scientists seemed highly skeptical, with a conference organiser calling his actions irresponsible. “For this specific case, I feel proud, actually,” the scientist, He Jiankui, said at an international conference on genome editing in Hong Kong. Indeed, the only thing He apologised for was that news had “leaked unexpectedly” that he had used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to alter embryos and then implanted them in the womb of a woman who gave birth to twin girls this month. According to an AP report, He said a second pregnancy may be underway. The second pregnancy is in a very early stage and needs more time to be moni- tored to see if it will last, He said. He’s announcement of his embryo editing Monday sent a thunderbolt through the scientific world. Scientists have been working to prevent just such a rogue use of the rapidly advancing technology for making changes in human DNA. Scores of scientists — including many of the top genetics experts gathered in Hong Kong — have called He’s conduct unethical. They say there are serious unanswered questions about the safety of embryo editing and a need to make sure that He Jiankui at the conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday. AP such research is conducted in a transparent, monitored way so the technology isn’t misused. And He’s presentation Wednesday afternoon did not seem to mollify many of his colleagues’ concerns. Immediately after his presentation, David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate who led the conference’s organising committee, told the audience that what He had done “would still be considered irresponsible”. Baltimore added, “I don’t think it has been a transparent process. We only found out about it after it happened, and after the children were even born. I personally don’t think it was medically necessary.” Robin Lovell-Badge, a professor of genetics and embryology at the Francis Crick Institute in London who moderated the session, asked a question that he said was on many attendees’ minds. “Why so much secrecy around this, particularly when you know the general feeling around the scientific community is we shouldn’t go ahead yet?” he asked. “You know the accusation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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